Sub-Aqua Dive Sites

Fort Bovisand Plymouth, Devon

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Bovisand - sea urchinFort Bovisand is a top diver-training site in the South West of England. It has an attractive harbour with plenty of sea life and often great visibility. With a maximum depth of 12 meters Fort Bovisand is the perfect training site for beginner divers and a leisurely dive for those more experienced.

Where is it? Fort Bovisand is situated just of Plymouth on the right hand side of Plymouth Sound. This site is nice and close, within 2 hours of school.

Who can go? Any members of Blundell’s Sub-Aqua Club who currently hold “Ocean Diver” qualifications or above, or trainees who have completed all pool training sessions.

What can I see? Anything from crabs and lobsters, cuttlefish, sea urchins and anemones, various fish species.

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Stoney Cove nr. Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire

Dive: Training and Sightseeing

Stoney Cove

Where is it? Stoney Cove is in Leicestershire, about four and a half hours from school. It is just off the Motorway - near Stoney Stanton. OS ref: SP493941 (Landranger sheet 140)

Who can go? Any members of Blundell’s Sub-Aqua Club who currently hold “Ocean Diver” qualifications or above, or trainees who have completed all pool training sessions.

Stoney Cove

What is it? It is a disused quarry, now flooded and maintained as a specialist dive centre. It has an area of water covering approximately 12.5 acres and is probably the most dived site in the UK. It has been used as a dive site since the '60s. Its main features are:

Sheltered and diveable in almost any weather
Easy to get in and out of the water
Normally good visibility
Depths are useful for drills

Fishing boat

What does it have there?
Air filling station
Diving shop
Technical Services
Bar/ Restaurant
Toilets & heated changing rooms / Showers
Decompression chamber on site
Snack bar

Stoney has several layers at varying depths (6m, 20m & 35m). There are three main entry/exit points. A slipway you can stride/roll-in, the old wooden platform providing a stride entry, or the long jetty.

What else can I see?
A helicopter at 21m (directly in front of the pub, at the bottom of the cliff)
The Nemo two-man submarine, opposite the bar/restaurant at 6m
Aircraft cockpit at 7m, with resident pike (in front of the roofed jetty)

Submerged aircraft cockpit

VW van at 20m (down the "road" from the aircraft, then turn left)
Landrover near to the helicopter
Coach in the depths, better to stay at about 18m to keep above the clouds of silt kicked up by bottom-crawlers (You'll hopefully see the coach sticking up out of the 'clouds' )
'Top' Hydrobox at ~20m - follow the rope from the ladder on the most western jetty; 'Bottom' Hydrobox at ~36m - follow the rope down from the top hydrobox
'Oil rig' at ~18m - down the path from the 'plane and turn right, following the wall
Transit Van, Boat, Estate Car at ~20m - on the back wall at the west end of the quarry
'Cessna Plane' at ~20m - on the front wall opposite the Transit Van
Plus: a squashed Commer Van, remains of a Mini, a lawnmower, a wheelbarrow

Stoney Cove

The Stanegarth, a former British Waterways tugboat, was built in 1910 at Lytham. Originally steam-powered, she was converted to diesel in 1957. She spent most of her life on the Gloucester canal. She sits near the centre of Stoney Cove on the main 22m platform area. The top of the wheelhouse is at about 15m with the main deck at about 18m. She is buoyed so is relatively easy to locate with compass bearing or by a (circa 80m) surface-swim. There are plenty of original features including rudder, winch & anchor. Hatches are welded open which will allow penetration of the wreck.

Wessex helicopter. The Wessex was bought from the RAF after it was cannibalised for parts during the Gulf War.. Some bright spark has placed a triangular, Man-at-Work traffic sign beside the Wessex

ShrimpWill I see any fish? Fish life is mainly pike, perch and roach, mostly around the edges, with some big perch in places. The local Stoney blurb says that the Cove has "crayfish, carp, perch, roach, with the size of the pike being the subject of many a fishy tale." The crayfish are the White-clawed Crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) which is the only species of crayfish native to the UK. It is thought that the UK supports up to 24% of the world's population of the white-clawed crayfish. Crayfish can be found in a wide range of aquatic habitats, such as rivers, streams, canals, open water and quarry pools. They prefer alkaline water with limited sediment, free of pollution and plenty of shelter in the form of rock, aquatic plants and tree roots. However, they are endangered in many areas, due to the presence of “Signal Crayfish” (Pasifastacus leninsculus). These larger and more aggressive creatures have been farmed in Britain for restaurant food since the 1970s and were either illegally introduced into the wild or escaped from crayfish farms and ponds. Fears for the safety of the endangered species began after a number of North American signal crayfish took up residence in the wild. Signal crayfish often walk overland in their search for a home and are known to colonise freshwaters, killing or displacing native crayfish. The introduced crayfish carry a virulent disease, known as crayfish plague, which can spread rapidly among more vulnerable native species. Stoney Cove has a scientific study going on to support the presence of Native crayfish by luring the Signal Crayfish into traps baited with pheromones so making Stoney a safe haven for the native species.

Commercial quarry

What is Stoney Cove’s History? In the 1700s locals began to gather stone for use as a building material from an area known as Mill Hill. During the early part of the century the granite stone was quarried commercially. In 1958 work stopped and the quarry filled with natural spring water.

Dive Plan:

Dive buddies will be arranged on the day.
Mr. Yates and Mrs. A’Lee will lead the dives.
Water temperature should be around 10C.
Good weather should be expected.

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Vobster Quay
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